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clamp

 [klamp]
a surgical device for compressing a part or structure.

clamp

(klamp),
1. An instrument used to compress or hold in a place a bodily structure. Compare: forceps.
2. An enzyme, antigen, or other protein that closes circumferentially around the DNA to induce conformational change.
[M.E., fr. Middle D. klampe]

clamp

(klamp) a surgical device for compressing a part or structure.
rubber dam clamp  a metallic device used to retain the dam on a tooth.

clamp

Etymology: AS, clam, to hold together
an instrument with serrated jaws and locking handles, used for gripping, holding, joining, supporting, or compressing an organ, vessel, or tissue. In surgery, clamps generally are used for hemostasis and clamping tissue.

clamp

Surgery A surgical device that closes an opened channel. See Clark clamp, Koala vascular, Tension clamp.

clamp

(klamp)
An instrument for compression of a structure.
Compare: forceps
[M.E., fr. Middle D. klampe]

clamp

(klamp)
An instrument used to compress or hold in a place a bodily structure.
Compare: forceps
[M.E., fr. Middle D. klampe]

clamp,

n a device used to effect compression or retention.
clamp, cervical,
n See clamp, gingival.
clamp, Ferrier 212 gingival,
n.pr a purposely unbalanced gingival rubber dam clamp for retracting gingival tissue from the field of operation. It must be stabilized to position with modeling compound.
clamp, gingival,
n (cervical clamp), a rubber dam clamp intended to retract gingival tissues.
clamp, Hatch gingival,
n.pr an adjustable gingival rubber dam clamp.
clamp, root rubber dam,
n a clamp with jaws designed to fit on the root surfaces of a tooth; usually used for the retention of a rubber dam.
n a device made of spring metal and used to retain a rubber dam in place or improve the operating field by isolating it from the oral environment.

clamp

a device for compressing a part or structure.

beam clamp
a scissors-like instrument originally used to pick up large blocks of ice. Consists of two inward pointing, sharp pointed hooks, pivoting around a pin at their middle, like scissors, and connected to each other at their blunt ends by a short chain. As beam hooks the points of the two blades are hooked into an overhead beam and a weight such as an animal's limb hung from the connecting chain. The animal's weight ensures that the clamp bites deeply.
silage clamp
a mass of ensilage held together at the sides between solid walls but open at the ends.
surgical clamp
a surgical instrument designed to compress a part, e.g. umbilicus.
vascular occluding clamp
used to completely or partially occlude the flow of blood in vessels.
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Atraumatic vascular clamps. By permission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2002
vulvar clamp
various designs are available but all have as their objective the physical prevention of a prolapse of the vagina or uterus.